Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Former PM Olmert Released From Prison

Former PM Olmert Released From Prison

Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been released from jail after serving time for corruption.

Olmert was taken to a prison hospital with heart complaints on June 20. He is also expected to report to a police station twice a month and to meet regularly with a social worker.

Despite his early release, he is being investigated by the state attorney's office over suspicions he smuggled out of prison a chapter of a book he is writing.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert walks out of the prison door as he is released from prison after a parole board made a decision to cut his sentence by a third, at Maasiyahu prison near Ramle, Israel July 2, 2017. In addition, the former #Head Of Government will work in two charitable organizations (Ezra Lemarpeh and Leket Israel) that deal with the distribution of food and medicine to the poor people.

Earlier Sunday, Olmert, 71, who served as premier between 2006 and 2009, submitted a request to President Reuven Rivlin to have his parole restrictions removed entirely.

His release followed a decision by the Israel Prison Service parole board Thursday to shorten his sentence by more than a third.

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert is seen shopping at TLV Fashion Mall in Tel Aviv on July 2, 2017, hours after being paroled from Matisyahu Prison. In 2015, this period was reduced to one and a half years.

The crimes occurred during earlier stints when Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and the national trade and industry minister. He resigned in September 2008 but served as head of the Cabinet until March 2009.

His original six-year sentence - the judge in the case said his corruption offenses were tantamount to "treason" - was cut to 18 months on appeal, but another month was later tagged on over obstruction of justice charges.

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